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Erith 1915

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Erith]

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(10) Workshops, Workplaces, etc.
There are 93 workshops and workplaces on the
Register, which is required to be kept by the Local
Authority, but of these a number are "Domestic" workshops,
i.e., only members of the family are employed.
These have been inspected during the year, in four
cases it was found necessary to serve notice to remedy
some defects, namely, limewashing.
Six lists of "Outworkers" were received from other
Local Authorities, but none from employers in the District
; the premises occupied by these outworkers have
been inspected, and found satisfactory in every case.
C.—Sanitary Administration of the District.
(1) Staff: Work of Inspector of Nuisances and other
Offikers engaged in Sanitary Work.
The Staff consists of myself as Medical Officer of
Health, a Medical Officer in charge of the Sanatorium for
Infectious Diseases (Dr. Simpson), and a School Medical
Officer (Dr. Heygate); D. B. Davies, as Inspector of Nuisances,
he holds the certificate of the Royal Sanitary Institute
as Inspector of Nuisances, and for the inspection of
Meat and other foods; T. Vaughan as Assistant Sanitary
Inspector, he holds the same certificates, and his duties
have been chiefly the inspection of houses under the Housing
and Town Planning Act, 1909; also a Lady Health
Visitor, Mrs. Mauley.
(2) Hospital Accommodation.
The Sanatorium for Infectious Diseases is situated at
Little Heath, Belvedere, near the centre of the southern
boundary of the District.
During the year a considerable extension was carried
out, namely, a large block at some distance from the main
building for cases of Diphtheria, which can accommodate
14 beds and 2 cots, whilst the old wards used for that
disease have been claimed for Scarlet Fever; this gives to
the latter 8 more beds, a much needed want. The
administrative block has also been much enlarged, as
hitherto the nurses accommodation was much restricted.